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Dec 9, 2010 -

An Empty Loft

The loft is turning out to be my most daunting reno project. I finally managed to empty it this morning and I have no idea where to begin.

Condensation is still a major issue:

inside of the passenger-side loft window

The floor is uneven:

the piece of plywood used to be incorporated in the original loft mattress and could be flipped over to open up the cab

The floor is gross:

driver’s side of the loft
passenger side of the loft

There’s nothing I can do with the uneven floor short of adding a layer of plywood all around. When I had a workshop full of tools to my disposal, I tried to come up with a way to recess the plywood plank, but there was no way to go about it. What I did to compensate was put the pallet on blocks around it. What I’ll do this time around is cut the bottom braces of the pallets where they hit the boards since the braces are the same high. That’ll put the pallets on an even surface. I had wanted to completely remove the bottom braces to gain an inch of ceiling height but forgot about that darn plywood plank!

So, the floor…. Two options; either I find some vinyl or I slather it with a mould-resistant melamine paint that I have. I’d still caulk the edges all around. What I don’t like about the painting option is that it means an additional week without my bedroom.

For the windows, I’ll see if the tinted film helps. I know that one of the reasons for condensation is the lack of air flow. I’ve been using my suitcase and heavy foam padding (the dinette cushions) to block the windows, causing moisture to get trapped. There is literally no other place in this rig to store the suitcase and it has worked smashingly as a head board and window blocker for two years, so I’m loathe to do away with it. I will forgo the rest of the padding, though. I’ve pretty much decided on a snap-on, water proof, water covering for the windows, something along the lines of a high-end shower curtain. It doesn’t have to be opaque; it just has to give me an additional level of privacy beyond the window tinting.

I think I’ll start by filling in holes with wall compound. While that’s drying, I’ll get the window tinting on. Then, I can sand and wash the walls and prime. Once the second coat of paint is on the walls, I can do the floor. I think I’ve decided to try the paint option. I have experience using melamine paint in a high humidity area and the stuff is miraculous. Only problem is this paint is sky blue, which won’t go with anything else in the rig, but it’s not like it’s going to show. I still preferred the lino option, though.

Notice the valance braces around the side windows. I’m going to flip them around, add a piece of facing, and lower them a couple of inches to make some much needed storage shelves.

Estimated time to new bedroom at this point: at least a week. *sighs* But I’m finally on my way!

I may post the pictures of the current state of the library once I have accepted that it will be that way for a few weeks. There is only so much space in an RV for a mattress and two pallets…

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Nov 27, 2010 -

Good Deals

Today’s project was to come home with a dehumidifier. I’d done my online research as to what was available to me and Canadian Tire had the best prices, with two brands, Lancanster and Whirlpool. My experience with Lancaster heaters is that the brand is crap, so Whirlpool it was. Store availability in Penticton was nil for Whirlpool, while Kelowna had a few available. I really didn’t relish the four hour round trip drive, but I’m not going to get any further in the renos without reducing the dampness in here.

The Penticton Canadian Tire is right on the route to Kelowna, so I decided to stop in there first, just in case the online inventory was wrong. Well, they had a unit set aside for pick up by store closure yesterday and only just put back on the shelf!

Whirlpool 35 pint dehumidifier

I couldn’t believe my good fortune! While in the store, I also got some tinted window film for the loft. There was a sale going on and the store was swamped, but I had no problem getting customer service the three times I needed it today. I thought I’d crossed over into the Twilight zone. Seems like there are some Canadian Tires with decent service.

The dehumidifier is going to kill the proverbial two birds. My mini conduction heater, Lancaster brand, has died. A dehumidifier also gives off heat, so what I will do is move the big, good quality, heater to the study and use the dehumidifier to heat the front of the rig. As an added bonus, the dehumidifier draws a maximum of 500W, meaning my amp usage will drop from 6.25 to 4. Every amp counts!

The next thing on my list was a new computer chair. I tried out all the chairs at Staples last time I was in Penticton, fell in love with one that was on sale, and made the mistake of thinking I could order it online to have it delivered. Turns out, it’s a discontinued model not available on line. I went back and the chair was still there, but at full price this time, $239, vs. the $169 it was at last time. So, I went through all the chairs in my price range again, but couldn’t find one I liked. I was narrowing down the choices when an associate finally came over to check on me and I explained what I was looking for. She took me directly to the chair I liked! I shook my head at the price and she said “We’ve only got two left and we want them gone. How about $98, plus tax, assembled?”


Ahem. I told her “Sold!” and happily wheeled the chair down to the car where I had fun squeezing it into the front seat.

I ran a few more errands and then headed home, absolutely exhausted. The holiday shopping season has commenced, so I will be staying out of stores until early 2011!

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Sep 29, 2010 -

Simple Solutions

One of the reasons I was procrastinating on the library trim is that I did not have the strength to deal with the corner that was damaged in the great leak of ’10.

I figured I’d have to remove the whole piece of paneling from that wall and then put new trim. Today, I decided that enough was enough and admitted to myself that I have no intention of rebuilding that whole wall. I looked at my scraps and found a solution. Not an ideal one, of course, but that corner is going to be hidden by my lounge chair, so it just needs to look polished.

The biggest challenge is that there are two exterior screws sticking out of the wall. The builders simply put a thicker piece of trim there and then screwed into that trim from the outside, then sealed the screws.

I decided to imitate that with what I had on hand by making holes into the back of a thick piece of wood so that I could get it to lie flush against the wall.

Thing is, the wall isn’t exactly plumb and square and I couldn’t get the board to fit perfectly. So, I had to pad it at the top with a bit of door trim. I faced the whole thing with shoe moulding and ta-dah:

While I was down there, I put in a threshold between the library flooring and the cab carpet:

As a side note, I keep moving the litter box around, but I think it’s going to live in the cab when I’m stopped.

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